Houston authorities dismantle basketball hoops so that citizens keep away from each other
Despite the raging pandemic in the United States, people still continue to treat the disease irresponsibly. Even after the Texas authorities banned gathering in large groups, Houston residents regularly violate the ban.
According to authorities, such a decisive step as the dismantling of basketball rings should pacify the freedom-loving population and make people sit at home.
"All amenities, including playground equipment in area parks are, of course, closed. While most people are keeping their kids away from the playground, entire groups of people are still gathering at basketball courts but now that’s likely to change. All 492 basketball rims in Houston parks are being removed because of the COVID-19 outbreak," reports Fox 26.
According to Houston Parks Department Director Steve Wright, these measures are necessary to stop the population from gathering during the epidemic.
"Some of the basketball goals are actually welded on. So we’re retrofitting a steel lid that we’re putting over the top of these goals to discourage people from using those. We’re hoping that will help with social distancing,” he said. "This is a very real threat. Any of these decisions aren’t being taken lightly by the mayor.”